From "reading over the shoulders of natives" to "reading alongside natives," literally: Toward a collaborative and reciprocal ethnography

Authors
Citation
Le. Lassiter, From "reading over the shoulders of natives" to "reading alongside natives," literally: Toward a collaborative and reciprocal ethnography, J ANTHR RES, 57(2), 2001, pp. 137-149
Citations number
57
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
57
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
137 - 149
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200122)57:2<137:F"OTSO>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
In the last several decades, the metaphor of dialogue has influenced the wo rk of a growing number of ethnographers. Many have taken to heart the criti ques of those such as Clifford, Rosaldo, or Crapanzano and accordingly repl aced "reading over the shoulders of native" with "reading alongside natives ." They have thus sought to develop ethnography along dialogical lines and have in their individual accounts shifted the dominant style of writing fro m authoritative monologue to involved dialogue between ethnographer and int erlocutor. Fewer ethnographers, however, have sought to literally extend th e metaphor of dialogue to its next logical step-the collaborative reading a nd interpretation (between the ethnographer and his or her "informants") of the very ethnographic text itself. In this article I explore the political and ethical implications of a collaborative and reciprocal ethnography, es pecially how a collaborative practice can further narrow the gap between th e academy and the communities in which ethnographers work.